College Admissions

October 18, 2017

Tips from the Admissions Office about Applying to College

Ten years. Ten years of moderating the annual Inside the Admissions Office program in Scarsdale, N.Y. with college admissions deans and directors from across the country. Colleges represented in this year’s program, which is held each Fall, included Binghamton University, […]
September 29, 2017

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: By Land and By Sea

Massachusetts is lovely in September, especially when the thermometer reaches into the high 80s! That was the unusual weather earlier this month on a trip to Boston to attend the annual convention of the National Association for College […]
August 12, 2017

How to Become a Smarter Thinker for Your College Essays

The Education Life section of the Sunday, August 6, 2017, New York Times carries a sobering story about Why Kids Can’t Write – and it seems that there are different views about how to resolve that problem – […]
August 4, 2017

First Lines: Great Ways to Start a Personal Essay

If I had my druthers (now when was the last time you heard that word?), I’d spend the summer sitting on a covered porch watching the parade of sail boats in the Long Island Sound. They may just […]
July 11, 2017

Can You Get Into Grad School Even if You Go to the “Safe” College on Your List?

My answer has always been a resounding, “Yes!” But it’s often difficult to convince high school students of that. So I am often on the lookout for success stories, and I found one at the end of May […]
June 12, 2017

What’s New in the Common Application? A Brief Outline

A Little Bit of Background * 4.5 million applications were submitted last year, with an average of 4.8 per applicant. 22 million recommendations were submitted. * Top states for students who submitted the Common Application last year were […]
April 29, 2017

What Makes a Leader?

I love to take the train. Either I get to catch up on my sleep or on my reading. The other day on MetroNorth to NYC for a lunch meeting with reps from two southern colleges, I got […]
February 9, 2017

Inside the Common Application Essay Prompts 2017-2018

On February 6, 2017, the Common Application released its essay prompts for the coming application season – and there are changes afoot! Two prompts have been added, and one, the return of a Topic of Your Choice question, […]
January 19, 2017

For Richer, For Poorer

Do you want to get an idea of who’s studying at your college or alma mater, at least based on income? Well, the New York Times has put together a chart showing the results of a recent study […]
January 3, 2017

It’s a New Year! Now What Do I Do?

Happy New Year! If you are a junior, it’s time to get serious about thinking about college. What should you be doing? Here’s a handy checklist: ✔ Create a list of colleges that are of interest and do […]